“Over the years I’ve met quite a few teenagers who participate in what is called ‘Forensics,’” he writes. “Students take published short stories and essays, edit them down to a predetermined length, and recite them competitively. To that end, as part of the ‘Etc.’ in this book’s subtitle, I have written six brief monologues that young people might deliver before a panel of judges. I believe these stories should be self-evident. They’re the pieces in which I am a woman, a father, and a sixteen-year-old girl with a fake British accent.”
I was introduced to Sedaris by the girl I had the biggest crush on in my entire life. She was sitting on the floor reading Naked during our forensics regionals.
100 Great Nonfiction Books
One of my New Year’s resolutions isn’t necessarily to read more, but to read more books. Happily, the Electronic Typewriter’s put together a list to help get me started with categories ranging from science to memoir to politics to art and beyond.
Bookmobile circa 1950s.
Photo courtesy of the State Library of North Carolina.
Patti Smith’s favorite books.
Fictitious review of imaginary book I wrote.
“I think it’s a book about a haunted theme park and it stars a magical magic guy and he’s good and evil and he’s trying to get rid of the ghosts. And I think at the end, since it’s haunted by a ghost, he tried to make the park go on fire and it did. “